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From Moment to Moment

26 Jun

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Faith. I have often spoken against the notion of Faith as a religious concept. It is a disabling thing to pin such a powerful ideal up into a category. The connotation is there, of course, because of how the word is used; however, faith is more like courage. The only difference is that usually when we use the word courage we are speaking about a belief in ourselves to overcome opposition. Faith suggests that something through us, something that we are believing external from us is working for our benefit. The external force can be love or hope or an individual. Faith puts into play the notion that maybe the world does not hate us. Maybe everything external from our being is not our enemy. Faith is a powerful concept.

We have also come to think of Faith as something we obtain once and carry it forever. But I submit to you that faith is not a commodity to be bought and coveted. It is something that requires attention and conscious will to maintain. Faith never means that we won’t have doubts; it just means we will overcome them…from moment to moment.

Violet Ambitions shall endure all doubts.

Limitless

24 Jun

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Our world has become full of rules and restrictions because the powers that be surmise that an individual is incapable of knowing what is best for themselves. We are so comforted by the thought of not being responsible for our own destinies that we settle into the box that has been created and ignore the fact that it is a prison.

Every time someone has said you can’t, you won’t, you shouldn’t, or you don’t know how, they are creating a prison in which you will be held captive and, therefore, never meet your destiny. Destiny is not in a box; it’s somewhere out there in the big scary world. Go find it.

When you know who you are and you know the strength you possess, you are free to follow your destiny. There is so much uncertainty and doubt about that fact. But don’t mistake your fear with practicality; it’s not. The truth is like all creatures held in captivity, we fear our freedom. We no longer recognize the vastness of hope. We fear the limitlessness of our potential. But, I submit to you that your fear cannot change your destiny. Nor is it big enough to block your path if you decide to chase your dreams. Accept your limitlessness.

If fear should follow you on that journey, let it. I guarantee it will tire you before you do and you will arrive at destiny with nothing but that which endures: the faith, hope, and love inside you.

Violet Ambitions are limitless.

The Price of Freedom

15 Jun

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In a world full of oppression, the answer we seek is freedom. In order to free yourself from the binds and restraints of life, you will have to fight; you wi have to sacrifice. Freedom comes at a price.

The price of freedom, is for a period of time, your peace. Liberation is a violent and messy process. The battle for freedom may cost you everything you have, including your peace. But remember that when it’s over you will be better. Every birthing process is dangerous and rebirth is both terrifying and dangerous.

Remember that somewhere in the struggle, with the odds against you, you will be reborn as a valiant conquerer. You will emerge battered, bruised, and victorious. Peace will return. You will be new. You will be better. You will be free.

Violet Ambitions will liberate you.

All Things New

29 May

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There are a dozen phrases and sayings that express the constant flux in our world. Things are always changing. Somehow we, as a people, have come to place emphasis on notions of stability, security, and consistency. In truth those things don’t actually exist. The world is unstable, uncertain, ever-changing, and completely inconsistent. It is, therefore, unnatural for any person to reflect those qualities. People who attempt to embody such qualities usually find themselves in a rigid, burdensome existence where they resent those who are able to embrace the magic of change.

We must allow the world and especially the people in it to be whatever they are and need to be at any given time. It is an offensive gesture to demand anything else. When we do we assume that we have the knowledge and understanding to know what they should be instead. Such a condescension assumes an authority of the natural forces of the world; that is egregious.

We must come to the world and the people in it in a spirit of empathy, curiosity, and love. We must first understand why a person is what they are (their origins), respect them for who and what they are, and accept them just as they are. This validation unlocks the door for love, intimacy, and influence. It is from this vantage point that any leverage for inspiring change (should change be needed) in an individual.

There is no right or wrong evolution, there is no good or bad growth. There is just change. Anyone who has ever endeavored to spend a lifetime with someone knows that people change. Sometimes we like it and sometimes we don’t. But it is a beautiful thing to commit to not abandoning someone as they evolve.

The opportunity to witness another person becoming is a gift that deserves reverence, not judgment and ruthless critique (theres plenty of that in the world to go around). It is why we are connected to each other and why we come into contact with each other. It is scary, nerve wrecking, and exciting to watch the world and people in it evolve. When we embrace change in people and the world, we realize that it is not a neurotic pathology that needs to be fixed. It is the world seeking to be better and evolve. It is a person seeking to actualize an heal their wounds. It is the universe seeking to reconcile it’s inhabitants unto itself.

Everything old becomes new again.

Violet Ambitions are nested in evolution and rebirth.

Ravaged by Truth

15 May

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Philosophers have often commented about the inevitability of truth. It always comes to the light or it will set you free. What they have not always said is that it will turn your world inside out. We have been trained to fake it, to lie, to deceive, but if and when the truth comes for you (as they say it inevitably will), succumb to it. Let it ravage you.

However uncomfortable, embarrassing, or painful, let it take you. We should always give ourselves over to the truth when it comes. Most often it will be laced with a lie that will incite us to protest, but we shouldn’t protest. Anywhere there is truth, let it be. We should it have its way with us, because in that part that is truth we will be made free.

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The freedom that comes with truth is the liberation from the lies. We will find a way to stand bare before the world and say “this is who I am. It is not all pretty or all perfect but I commit to it.” When we embrace the truth we disarm those who would oppose us, we liberate ourselves to focus on that which truly matters…love and truth.

Violet Ambitions seek truth.

Perception In Flux

9 May

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People are, by our very nature, covetous creatures. The problem with coveting is not the desire or the possession. there is nothing wrong with wanting things and not everything that we desire is bad or wrong. It is our reason for doing so that causes trouble.

It is good to seek knowledge and understanding. We all have questions; however, all too often we cling to the truths we find. We give our knowledge a weight it does not deserve. We hinge our self-esteem, our purpose, our very reason for being on what we know. And because we have placed so much of our identity and life on a few truths we have discovered, we cannot afford to have that changed or erased. We will refuse to consider that are other truths, other perspectives, other possibilities. The truth, then, becomes a prison in which we hold ourselves captive.

We must recognize that in the vastness of the universe, whatever fraction of knowledge we possess is both infantile and incomplete. If the truth is what we seek, it must begin with humility and an acceptance of our limitations. We must learn not to hold onto what we know today, realizing that what we know tomorrow may change everything. We must understand that throughout or lives everything we learn we will have to learn again.

Violet Ambitions are constantly in flux.

Embrace or Endure

3 May

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Life is scary. The uncertainty. The never knowing. The endless, unanswered questions. It can be overwhelming. I can remember a particular time in my life when it seemed that everything was moving so fast I could hardly keep up. It seemed like one thing after another and although some of the changes were welcomed, I was a little intimidated to step into them fully. I sat with a friend and casually discussed some of my ideas for the year and things I wanted to accomplish. She was immediately enthused and began to grill me on my plans. Seeing my hesitance, she asked:

“Why don’t you just go ahead and do it?”

“Because I’m scared,” I answered honestly. She leaned forward and placed her hand on my knee,

“Then do it afraid.”

My fear was no longer an obstacle, it was just something I was feeling: nothing more, nothing less.

What is fear but the body’s response to a threatening situation? When we are really scared adrenaline courses through our body, our senses sharpen, our reflexes quicken, and anything going on in our body that does not help us avoid or overcome the threat is suppressed. In essence we are biologically designed to deal with challenges and fear is the switch that triggers our best response.

So, then, why do we seek to avoid fear? Why do we allow fear to grip us and make us impotent? When in fact fear is necessary to invoke certain responses in us. We must recognize fear for what it is: a catalyst. It’s not too be avoided. If it cannot be embraced then it must be endured, because sometimes we must do that thing that we fear we cannot do.

Fear will not hinder Violet Ambitions.

The Beautiful Gate

3 May

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There is a gate called beautiful
Where you could
Have your infirmities relieved
Have your captivity released
Believe
And breathe
Live beyond the limitations
Of reality
I wasn’t strong enough to go all the way
The presence of my vulnerability would have exposed your own
And you’re much too grown
Too cowardly to be weak
Might have cost you that mask
It would have been too much to ask:
Could you not hide?
Could you let me inside?
Let’s begin healing
Cause trust’s faded in the waking
Of the war that’s been raging
The constant taking
The emotional raping
I possessed too much humanity
Should have been more godly: impenetrable and other worldly
Maybe then I’d have been worthy of the effort it would take
Of the mistakes we were to make
To reshape fate
Maybe then you wouldn’t have left me lying at the beautiful gate

The Opposite of Doubt

10 Feb

Doubt is common to human beings. We have become so educated and enlightened that we hardly know what it means to go beyond logic and understanding. We have forgotten that there was a time when we all knew so very little and all we had was our belief in a possibility.

Faith is about believing without need for logic and proof. When a person has faith in the something they believe from inside themselves and that is not easily shaken. If we cling to some logical thought in an attempt to believe, we have disregarded faith.

You cannot have faithin a person if your faith is dependent upon them never making a mistake or having no past history of error. That’s belief. Because you are saying that you believe that they will not do something because they never have. Faithsays: even when all evidence is contrary, I believe. That is why faith is the opposite of doubt.

This is not to say that faith does not waver or is never challenged. It is challenged often and it wavers frequently. But faith should be like a spring in the desert where you return again and again to avoid death. Faith should be like food for our souls, for when we stop believing, we stop living.

However often that we doubt we should seek it’s opposite and neutralize its negativity. For every thought of doubt we should have a challenging thought of positivity. This is the personal war that we all fight everyday. The difference is realizing that the battlefield is not in the people, situations, or things that oppose us. The battle is inside us against the doubt that seeks to steal life from us by taking our faith. Hold onto to your faith. When you feel that all hope is lost and you are about to give up, I dare you to try one more time. When you think that you are not seeing any results, I dare you to keep believing. Faith is not easy but neither is the reward tiny.

Violet Ambitions are doubtless.

The Miracle Position

1 Feb

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Miracles do happen. They happen everyday. We live in a world of miracles: planes, spaceships, televisions, cell phones, electricity. All these things at some point were beyond belief. Now they are a part of our daily reality. That’s how miracles work. When a miracle happens it is so thoroughly consuming that it changes a world, indefinitely.

We live in a society that is about as pleasant as a jaded lover. Somewhere along the line we fell out of love with the world. We decided that it just didn’t live up to our expectations and that was its fault and not ours. So, now, we are skeptical. We are bitter. We are faithless. And miracles are made of faith.

It is surprising how many people would say that they do not believe in miracles when all they would need to do is look at the world around them and see it for what it is: a miracle. As people, we are some of the most ungrateful and irreverent creatures on the planet. And what’s worse is we have the audacity to be sarcastic and cynical. We are so out of touch with the truth that we cannot understand and see that there are, at least, as many possibilities in the world as there are limitations.
All it takes is an open face (I have issues with open minds lol). All we have to do is be willing to see and focus on that which is positive and hopeful, despite the opposition.

When we get in the miracle position we begin to see the world from an angle that makes anything possible. The glass becomes half full instead of half empty, love seems possible, hope abounds, and faith endures. What does it cost one to believe? he risk of disappointment? Well that, too, would be a matter of perspective. But we’ve been disappointed before and somehow survived. So why not take the chance? There’s infinitely more to be gained than there is to lose.

Violet Ambitions are everyday miracles.

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